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Although Godsticks was originally formed in 2006 as a cover band in South Wales, this three piece band have evolved and combined a multitude of influences and styles to make their own style. A definitive funk style combined with more traditional progressive rock sounds and keyboards make for a fresh and unique listen. Godsticks is like a progressive blend of Beardfish, with their prominent baselines, and more recent alternative rock, although with a more visible sense of humor.

As of right now Godsticks has only released their debut EP, a promising self-release that shows that the band have legs under them and are ready to run. The band says that they originally branched off into writing original material because they wanted to hear elements that were not present in the music they were inspired by.

Godsticks is definitely going to be a band to watch over the coming years as they prepare to release a debut album, and with their fresh approach which fuses progressive rock with a heavy funk they can definitely be seen as an innovative force. Recommended for people who like a strong groove and a good sense of humor in music.

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3.74 | 13 ratings
Spiral Vendetta
2010
3.85 | 15 ratings
The Envisage Conundrum
2013

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3.05 | 7 ratings
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2008

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 The Envisage Conundrum by GODSTICKS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.85 | 15 ratings

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The Envisage Conundrum
Godsticks Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK trio GODSTICKS was formed back in 2006, initially as a cover band. They released their first EP with original material in 2008, followed by their full length debut album two years later. Come 2013, and they reappear with a new bassist in the shape of Dan Nelson, and their second album "The Envisage Conundrum". As with their previous productions this CD was self released by the band.

Accessible, melodic progressive rock is what the UK trio Godsticks provides on their second album. Dominated by carefully controlled, yet powerful melodic lead and backing vocals smoothing over an instrumental backdrop that is frequently more challenging and demanding than what you suspect first time around. A fairly intricate disc all in all, but with what one might describe as a mainstream sensibility to it. A creation to check out if accessible progressive rock with jazz-rock details and a firm emphasis on melodies and harmonies sounds like something you'd enjoy listening to.

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 Godsticks by GODSTICKS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
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Review by apps79
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3 stars British trio of young musicians Darran Charles (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Roberts (drums, keyboards) and Dan Nelson (bass).Godsticks started their career as a cover band in 2006, but the need of bringing some fresh air into the prog circles soon led them to creating their own material.Silently they debuted with a self-titled self-produced EP at the fall of 2008.

Did the band eventually achieved to come up with an original touch?Partly yes and partly no.One thing is for sure, ''Godsticks'' is a pleasant and highly enjoyable listening, mixing echoes from Progressive Rock, Fusion and Art Rock in a clear production.This is a very modern-sounding EP with plenty of twisting vocal work, but behind it these guys play some captivating and adventurous music.Actually a mix of ECHOLYN, TILES, A.C.T. and THIEVES' KITCHEN would pretty much describe Godsticks approach.Full of sudden breaks, Fusion-esque guitars, polyphonic harmonies, a crazy rhythm section but also some memorable passages, that stick in your mind, this British trio explores different territories of the music spectrum in a quiet innovative way.They are clever enough though to hide their obviously technical skills with plenty of lovely vocal arrangements, elegant piano lines or some refined acoustic hints.

Definitely a band to watch for the future.This EP shows Godsticks entering the world of Progressive/Art Rock in the smart way of combining virtuosic musicianship with warm vocal parts.Recommended.

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 Spiral Vendetta by GODSTICKS album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.74 | 13 ratings

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Spiral Vendetta
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is one of those albums where the focus is on the vocals and lyrics. Sure we get some good instrumental music but rarely is that the focus. I'm not big on these types of records although I certainly have quite a few that I value highly. Unfortunately this isn't one of them.

The first track is exactly what i'm talking about with a short guitar solo before 1 1/2 minutes. "Unnerving Allure" has some nice bass in it and a guitar solo before 3 minutes followed by piano. "Timshel" is one i'm not too fond of with the prominant drumming and vocals. "Norman" has an aggressive intro and vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. This reminds me of ECHOLYN. This along with the only instrumental are my favourites. "Put Seven In Bold" is one I can't get into. The focus is on the vocals and there is this punchy sound.

"Withdraw" is a good vocal track. "Traverse" features piano and reserved vocals. It picks up before 1 1/2 minutes. Guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. "R.R.R." is punchy with vocals. "The Continuation Of Livid" is the instrumental I like. It's pretty intense and when it settles we get some nice bass. "Unravel" is acoustic guitar and vocal led. A nice song.

A good album no doubt, but not exactly my style of music.

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars The UK outfit GODSTICKS was formed back in 2006, initially as a cover band. By 2008 they had written enough material to compile a 5-track EP which was met with generally positive feedback, including earning them a spot on the attached CD to the first issue of the now highly successful Classic Rock presents Prog magazine. "Spiral Vendetta" is the first full length production by this trio, and was self-released in the summer of 2010.

If you enjoy jazz rock and fusion, in particular if strong and distinct melodies suit your musical tastes, "Spiral Vendetta" is an album that should cater for most if not all of your needs. The easygoing nature of the songs makes it a good introduction to the genre for the curious as well, especially if venturing into this style of music from a more mainstream-oriented musical taste. All in all a solid effort that deserves attention.

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Review by Queen By-Tor
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4 stars A rare instance of progression in the modern "progressive" rock scene.

When it comes to progressive rock there are a few breeds of bands, those who make an effort to expand their musical talents to play an eclectic range of music, and those who get trapped in nostalgia. More often than not I find the latter in my cd player, and to be honest it's getting harder and harder to overlook the fact that some people can't do any more than throw up a 20-minute long synth solo that sounds like Genesis and call it a day. We're also coming to an age where things are simply starting to turn into a compensation contest. Frustrated musicians pumping out 78-minute long tracks as a gimmick to sell an album or two. Something happened somewhere in the road with progressive rock which has turned the majority of the artists in the scene into zombies, crunching out tunes that ultimately all sound the same.

Godsticks, on the other hand, have been one of the few bands that show that it doesn't have to end like this. Their debut album may not exactly be "hot on the heels" of their first EP, which emerged promisingly 2 years ago, but the wait has paid off. Spiral Vendetta shows a band who has taken the most of their time to refine and sharpen their sound. The first listens of this album are a little shocking if you were a hard-core listener to their debut EP. Things have really mellowed out overall in the band's music - and at first it does seem like a bad thing. However, after a number of listens it becomes very obvious that had the band decided to stick to the quirky sounds of their EP the ideas would have run out rather fast. Instead of trying to do what they've already done the band instead explores new ground, first put out on their EP with tunes like Clinical. New songs like Unnerving Allure show an incredibly matured band putting together a memorable piece of music. However, Godsticks would not be the same band that jumped off the page with Puppy Gardener if they didn't still have a bit of quirk left in them. Enter Norman, one of the album's biggest standout pieces. A frantic track that can pull together the energy of Gentle Giant without ever sounding like a clone act. If you're thinking that I'm contradicting myself with this comparison after my earlier rant then you clearly need to hear the song to believe it.

Standouts on the album are not hard to find. The band is able to openly show their musical chops without ever once going overboard into self-absorbed wankery. The Offer Still Stands is a strong opener that sets the more mellow mood while still promising a rougher edge. The Continuation Of Livid is a strong instrumental piece that once more closes the book on any questions (if there were any) in the band's ability to play. R.R.R. is a funkier piece that helps the album to be the eclectic collections of tunes that it is while Withdrawn Was The Giveaway slides in subtle moments of virtuoso playing to an easily digestible, mid-paced piece.

Ranting, raving and praise aside - Godsticks is a band that needs to be watched, because if they continue on this path of musicianship they could easily take over the dying world of progressive rock and imbue it with new life. This is an excellent addition to any music collection ("progressive" or otherwise), and I have full confidence that the band can only get even better from here. Heads up kiddies, there's a new band coming to make music progressive again.

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Promising debut EP by this UK-based outfit.

Light and optimistic tunes dominate this 5-track EP; where the emphasis seems to be to create joyful and pleasant moods and atmospheres. The guitarwork is mostly of a mellow nature - acoustic guitars and undistorted clean patterns dominating - and the joyful spirit of the songs to some extent hides some rather nifty contributions by this instrument.

The vocals are the key feature in these excursions however; the instrumentation sets up a foundation for Darran Charles charming vocals first and foremost; and besides his vocal assets a distinct bass guitar is the most noticeable element on this production. Personally I found the jazz-tinged affair "Puppy Gardener" to be a standout effort here; especially the first half or so of this song highlights instrumental contrasts and musical complexities in a nice and captivating manner.

Still, joyful art pop is the name of the game here - and those looking for pleasant tunes of this nature should find this EP a rewarding experience.

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Review by Queen By-Tor
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3 stars Another excellent crossover act to pay attention to!

This band with their debut EP really came out of nowhere to make an excellent strike at the progressive community. What we have here is a 3-piece band out of Wales with a very unique and intriguing sound, and though this EP is only the start to what should be a promising career, it really is an excellent listen time after time. Running at 22-minutes in length the disc is just about a full blown studio release anyways, and the amount of polish and effort put into the disc really separate this band from a lot of other bands attempting to hit it off.

Godsticks must have learned something in their early days as a cover band, because it is really hard to compare them to any other band. The band plays a style of music that is almost unclassifiable, it's surprisingly 'large' sounding for a 3-piece group and it has enough funk to it to make you want to dance. Still there's a heavy amount of keyboards and virtuosic musicianship to make the hardcore proggers turn their head in notice. Speed changes in some of the songs make for some spine chilling moments that will bring a smile to your face just about every time, and the unmistakable groove in many of the songs just makes you want to put them on repeat. Jason Marsh is immediately a notable player with his aggressive style of bass playing that dominates many of the tracks as ''The Fish'' once did in Yes. The intro to Puppy Gardener is an absolutely wonderful fiasco of bass playing until the rest of the band comes in. While this song is definitely the highlight of the entire disc it's not only because of the bass playing. Steve Roberts makes the skins interesting with his playing that can keep your head bobbing while Darran Charles distinct voice delivers some quirky lines and his subtle, yet effective guitar playing add yet another layer to the music.

Of course, let's not forget about the rest of these excellent tracks. Not The Face opens up the fray with a splash of keyboards before moving right into the tune. If there's one thing you really have to respect about this band it has got to be the way they are able to maneuver through concisely written tunes as though they had 20-minutes to let a song unfold. The songs are all fairly short, between 3-6 minutes each, but all the songs have enough time to develop themes and nothing ever feels like it's 'cut short'. Only When Provoked opens up with some soothing guitar reminiscent of an emotional Joe Satriani and that dominant bass which leads into the main section of the song. Excellent melodies help make this one yet another standout on the album.

The second half of the EP is a lot more 'calm', but no less impressive. Venial is a pleasing and very serene tune that has a nice little breakdown coming into the beginning of the chorus. That unmissable funk comes back full force in this song but still manages to stay subtle throughout the tune, making for a very pleasing combination of laid back and demanding - like a perfectly mixed drink. A wonderfully emotive guitar solo from Charles coming into the second half is enough to give you chills as the song slowly makes its way to the end. It ends with another calm tune in the form of Clinical which is largely reminiscent of a progressive version of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Charles makes subdued use of his voice, as he seems to know its limits well. By the time the album ends you'll no doubt be salivating for more.

It seems like there's been a lot of excellent debut EPs sprouting up all over the place. Between these guys and other acts like Mekhlin there's a very promising new progressive scene emerging that has a very unique sound that should shush all the nay-sayers who are saying that progressive music is becoming stale. Like Mekhlin this band has released an excellent and highly impressive disc with this EP, and people should really start to focus their attention when the band starts recording their first studio album. This one is going to get 3.5 post-it notes out of 5 for an incredibly strong 22-minute debut that shows an impeccable amount of promise. Highly recommended, and let's hope a studio release is not too far away.

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